Adults and Teenagers
Understand the construction and control of robotic arms and get them to perform useful work.
Anatomy of a Robotic Arm
We will examine a robotic arm to understand how its movements are controlled.
We will look at the types of motors available and their pros and cons.
Using code to control a motor
We will write some code in Python to make controlled movements of a motor.
Building and controlling a simple arm
We will build a simple arm with 2 motors and use Python to make coordinated movements of the arm.
We will use a bit of maths and coding to move the arm to a specific point and to draw lines.
We will look at what we have learned through the hands-on activity and relate it to engineering priciples such as degrees of freedom, joint types and forces.
We will apply our learnings to program a simple off-the-shelf robot arm.
Advanced Robotic Applications
We will use an industrial quality robot to carry out some precision activities, including precise repetitive movements, drawing and laser etching.
Students will be encouraged to experiment and create their own tasks.